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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Sep 9, 2011 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: anyone interested?

Hi all,

I've been developing some software for use in downloading shows from the archive that I've (so far) found extremely useful. Essentially what it does is download an entire year of (downloadable) dead shows at a time - like an uber-download manager geared specifically for this web site. If you already have some of the shows from that year, it only snags shows tagged with shnids that you don't already have, so it can also be used to update your hard drive from time to time to get the latest available stuff.

I thought hard before posting this on here, since I don't want to post anything that is going to piss anybody off; however, since the archive doesn't mind the use of download managers, I don't think there is anything un-kosher about my software. Still, if anybody thinks I should delete this post, don't be afraid to speak up.

Anyway, the point of this post is to let you guys know about this useful tool I'm making and to see if anybody is interested in using it, whenever the final product is ready. It's a fun project to do in my spare time, and I would be sad if I were the only one to benefit from it.

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Poster: GratefullyDeadInAfrica Date: Sep 9, 2011 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

Will this work with a torrent site?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 9, 2011 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

i pretty much already have all the AUD recordings i want, but there are a few from the early '80s that have either been upgraded (newer transfers) or new altogether that i wouldn't mind downloading; can i assume that the target folder for the shnid has to align exactly with the archive naming convention (in terms of your program recognizing what has been already downloaded?)

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Sep 9, 2011 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

Well, to clarify: when you first run the program it downloads everything, acting as if you've never downloaded from the site before, so even if you have a lot of the shows already it will still re-download them. AFTER you do that, it only downloads what it doesn't already have. It'd be hard to get it to recognize what you already have downloaded before ever running the program, considering it's probably buried in some iTunes folder and potentially has your own naming conventions attached to it.

This post was modified by midnightcarousel on 2011-09-09 19:25:37

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 9, 2011 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

that makes sense, thanks

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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Sep 9, 2011 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

don't see any issues with downloading within the terms of use. that's what they are there for (well, at least the downloadable items.)

jeff (internet archive)


This post was modified by Jeff Kaplan on 2011-09-09 22:54:51

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 9, 2011 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

I'm interested. Can you download specific shows or does it have to be a complete year? Say a run at Red Rocks, all the shows at Autzen Stadium, or maybe 12 of your favorite shows over several years?

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Sep 9, 2011 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

At the moment it only does an entire year, but I could easily add a date-specific functionality. I only started writing the code this morning, so I'll think about adding that.

Ultimately, it could allow you to download shows based on anything that's available as part of the metadata of the recording; shnid, date added, date recorded, year/month recorded, etc. Also, you'd want to be able to LIST the shows without downloading them, so that should be a capability too... hmm, sounds like fun...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 9, 2011 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

Yes, but only if it provides links to DSO shows jboyguar contends are better played by them than GD (with accompanying full text of all jboygaur (sp?) reviews)

Seriously - sounds pretty cool. I'd try it out for specific runs/venues I know I attended or have "legend" status.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 9, 2011 3:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

Excellent Bluedevil!

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 9, 2011 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: anyone interested?

Keep us posted. As long as the Archive mods are ok with it, it sounds like a good tool to play around with. I'm in the software business too, but on the sales end of it. Leave it to a sales guy to ask the engineers to come up with more features that who knows if the customer even wants.

"It's not a BUG, it's a FEATURE!"
One of our industry bloggers and watchdogs has this as his tagline. I can only assume an engineer or sales guy tried to tell him that at some point.